Invisible Boys gets the green light from Screen Australia and Stan
Screen Australia and Stan have announced Invisible Boys is one of three new Stan Original series commissioned for production.
Based on the book by multi-award-winning Fremantle Press author Holden Sheppard, Invisible Boys will be a ten-episode contemporary drama series set in the regional town of Geraldton, Western Australia. Spoiler alert! ‘In a small town everyone thinks they know you: but when a closeted gay teen’s hook-up with a married man is revealed on social media, it will have irreversible consequences for a group of teens who have previously been invisible.’
Fremantle Press CEO Alex Allan said the whole team loved the book when it came through as an entry into the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. She said, ‘Holden is a creative powerhouse. He’s talented, committed to his characters and one of those generous writers whose focus is on reaching underrepresented people and telling hard-hitting stories that keep you engaged page after page. We’re incredibly proud to be the publisher of Invisible Boys.’
Holden Sheppard said he was stoked to share the news that the TV series of Invisible Boys had been officially commissioned for production, and that he was incredibly grateful to Stan and the team of writers, directors, funding partners and producers who have backed the story. Holden said, ‘Director Nick Verso and producer Tania Chambers’s vision for this show is so powerful. I feel such gratitude to everyone who has backed this story and believes in it.’
Screenwest CEO Rikki Lea Bestall said, ‘Screenwest is beyond excited to see local production company Feisty Dame secure a Stan Original Series based on a homegrown West Australian story! The WA screen sector is experiencing its busiest year to date with local creatives, crew and production companies making unprecedented levels of screen content, showcasing WA stories and locations to audiences around the world. Congratulations to Tania, Nick and Holden! We look forward to seeing Invisible Boys move into production in the Mid-West in the near future.’
Each series has been developed with support from funding partners such as Screen NSW, Screenwest, Lotterywest, the WA Regional Screen Fund, Screen Territory and the South Australian Film Corporation, and international partners DCD Rights, All3Media International and Banijay Rights.
More information is available from Stan and Screen Australia.